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Artist
Robert Beauchamp
Title
Phantasmagoria
Date
1990
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
Framed: 70 × 70 × 1 1/2 inches (177.8 × 177.8 × 3.8 cm)
Tags
Painting
Credit Line
Gift of Lawrence Shainberg.
Accession Number
1997.2
"Fill up the space," Robert Beauchamp would intone to his students. "Don't leave holes in the painting." Phantasmagoria attests to this philosophy. A student of abstract painter Hans Hoffman, Beauchamp adopted his teacher's exploration of plasticity and spatial tension created through the use of color alone. Beauchamp went further than Hoffman, developing abstract forms into wild, sometimes dissonant arrays of cartoon-like images from his imagination. Beauchamp first achieved prominence during the heyday of Abstract Expressionism in the 50s, then again in the early 1980s when figurative neo-expressionist painting dominated the art world.